10/08/15 3:33pm


Taylor Run Civic Association (TRCA) has combined forces with other local neighborhoods and the Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations to sponsor the second of three Alexandria City Council candidate forums sponsored by area neighborhood civic associations. The second civic association forum will be held in the auditorium of George Washington Middle School, located at 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM TONIGHT (Thursday, October 8, 2015).

Eleven candidates are running for the six available spots on council. TRCA welcomes your questions for the candidates. Email TRCA at TaylorRunCA@gmail.com with any ideas. You can also tweet your questions to TRCA as well. Questions on note cards will also be accepted during the event.

LIVE blog starts 6:45 PM.


10/08/15 12:00pm


We’ve gone pink for breast cancer awareness for the month of October. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

On the awareness aspect, it is meant to encourage women to seek care for themselves and get checked, reminding them that early detection is important.

A great local charity to support is the Alexandria Walk to Fight Breast Cancer in honor of former Alexandria City Manager Vola Lawson. I have donated and hope you can too.

10/08/15 5:19pm

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If you’re looking for a great place to promote your business, you’re in the right place. We expanded our blog in 2014 and now our blog is the fastest growing blog in Alexandria with lots of engagements.

For information on advertising rates and demographics for Red Brick Town, please click this link.

10/08/15 4:41pm

The Alexandria City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees in Alexandria, Virginia.

All applicants must complete a Personal Data Record Form no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, October 26 2015.

For a complete list of current vacancies, visit this link.

You can apply for a position online. The online personal data form can be found at this link.

10/08/15 4:12pm

King Street, Alexandria, Va
Frequently, I get texts, emails, social media messages, etc from readers who want to know why the Old Town area of Alexandria, Virginia ‘smells like a sewer’.

Well, that reason is because, when the winds blows from the East, we typically can smell the remnants of what is being treated at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, located right across the river from Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The Blue Plains facility is one of the largest in the world.

But, hopefully, those smells may be reducing soon. Washington, D.C. has become the first City in the USA to start harnessing electricity from wastewater. You can find an interesting story about this in this week’s Washington Post.

So readers, if Old Town starts smelling better, now you know why…

(Flickr Pool photo via Bill, on Flickr)

10/08/15 3:46pm

Celebrate community diversity in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, October 10, at the annual Art on the Avenue arts festival taking place in Alexandria’s Del Ray community along Mt. Vernon Avenue.

This annual family-friendly multicultural arts and music festival includes more than 325 juried artists selling handmade wares across ten blocks of Del Ray’s Mount Vernon Avenue, along with five stages for live entertainment plus food vendors and interactive art activities.

Art on the Avenue - October 4, 2014
(Flickr Pool photo via Del Ray Artisans, on Flickr)

10/08/15 2:07pm


Additional funding goes to Virginia because of good money management

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received an additional $55.5 million in federal funds that was originally allocated to other states. Since they did not have projects ready to go to use the funding, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reallocated the money to Virginia and other states that have projects in the pipeline ready for work to begin.

The bonus money will fund work to re-pave 400 lane miles of roadways across the state and improve 17 interstate bridges.

“Virginia aggressively pursues federal dollars for transportation, maximizing all resources available, which leaves us in an excellent position to get more funding,” said Governor McAuliffe. “By carefully investing federal tax dollars to deliver road and bridge improvements and having projects ready to go, we have put our Commonwealth in a position to benefit from additional funds that would have gone to other states. My administration is committed to spending every single transportation dollar to ease congestion and help build a new Virginia economy.”

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne added, “The federal bonus money is the result of VDOT managing its program efficiently and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Federal funds are allocated and used to build infrastructure, with more projects in the pipeline ready to receive additional federal money.”

“The ‘bonus’ funding will go toward rehabilitating Virginia’s aging bridges and pavements across the state,” explained VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “VDOT is committed to keeping our existing infrastructure of 57,867 miles of roadways and 20,900 bridges in safe and good condition.”

Each fall, the FHWA reviews all states’ ability to commit allocated highway dollars as the federal fiscal year ends. States that cannot obligate federal funding must return that spending authority to the FHWA. The funds are then redistributed to states that can obligate all of their federal allocations and have additional eligible projects ready to move forward.